The article I have chosen to discuss is called, Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method, as it goes into more details about Dr. Feldenkrais’s invented Holistic approach and how it enlightens the brain and all bodily functions stemming from it. The main points of the Neuroplasticity and Feldenkrais Method article I chose to write about are basically how both Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sc. (1904-1984) and Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita, Ph. D., M.D. (1934-2006) were very knowledgeable in discovering how implementing neurons through positive stimulation can lead to better health and wellness. Nonetheless, the Feldenkrais Method was founded through the principles of the different experiments these two famous scientists partook in to arrive at their concluded theses, as the author admits to helping Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita on his mission to introduce the Feldenkrais Method to others.
By participating in the Feldenkrais Method, participants were able to experience improved self efficiency, besides other amazing results achieved. Indeed, the author, Eileen Bach-y-Rita enjoyed an enlightening journey to teach individuals the benefits of Feldenkrais Method, while outlining additional information about the creation of brain cells correlating into this program. Needless to say, I could spend all day discussing every minute detail concerning Dr. Feldenkrais’s and Dr. Bach-y-Rita’s lives, plus their many accomplishments. For now, I wish to remain focused on the important issues at hand, such as how both scientists discovered the valuable functioning of the science, “neuroplasticity” and the significant role it promotes during Feldenkrais Method.
The reason I selected Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method article is because it makes perfect sense why people’s brains are the sole “controllers” of their bodies, whether it is through organ functioning; thoughts; intelligence; emotions; memory; and other fascinating aspects. Without a live brain inside a person’s skull, there would be no life to recognize, rendering the Feldenkrais Method useless. In other words, there is simply no life to be created when no functioning brain exists, which is why Feldenkrais Method plays a vital role towards a healthier lifestyle. Nevertheless, focus and attention hones the brain into learning a new skill, while at the same token, deepening one’s knowledge.
I am sure almost everyone can remember the popular science fiction TV series, Star Trek during the 1960’s. I was a little kid growing up during this time, as I shall never forget the floral-clad hippies wearing beads and demonstrating signs displaying the messages, “Make Love, Not War” and “Flower Power”, while the devastating Vietnam War raged on. It was a very turbulent time in U.S. history, a war most Americans agreed we should not be fighting, while the most inspiring Soul, Country, Motown, and Rock-n-Roll songs emanated their uplifting tunes. It was also during this time that one particular segment of the original Star Trek series came to light, which had the title, “Spock’s Brain.” The reason I am comparing this long lost Star Trek episode to my chosen “Article Review” is because I want to entwine the notion that the human brain controls everything in our bodies, including our thoughts, emotions, functions, and bodily organs. Of course, there is no way that a person, such as a fictional character like “Spock the Vulcan” could have a living body without a brain residing in his skull; however, even with a brain actually remaining in one’s head, once the lack of oxygen kills off all neural cells, the mind is considered clinically dead. In “Spock’s Brain” saga of Star Trek, Dr. McCoy invents a robotic control to hook onto Spock’s invalid body, although his brain has been removed by sexy alien women from another planet. To refresh one’s memory, below is a summary of this bizarre segment of Star Trek.
Two beautiful women beam aboard the starship, USS Enterprise in order to kidnap Spock’s brain, and afterwards, disappear into oblivion. When the crew shockingly realizes what has occurred, they find Spock in sickbay, minus his brain. Becoming horrified, Capt. Kirk takes the Enterprise on a chase throughout the universe, as he and his crew later locate the planet where the attractive women are holding Spock’s brain hostage. Like drone male bees in a hive, the subservient men serve only one purpose, which is for procreation; afterwards, once the deed is done, the women become like female worker bees, casting their useless men from their abodes. In turn, Spock’s brain’s female captors live miles below their planet’s surface, worshipping Spock’s brain, just as the hooded “Underdweller” civilization gave homage to the deadly nuclear bomb in 1970’s hit movie, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. In similarity to a queen bee in her bee hive palace, Spock’s brain was considered the “Controller” of the female-dominated population buried in a secret subterranean city.
The following dialog is from a discussion Dr. “Bones” McCoy and Capt. Kirk engage in, after they have found Spock in the medical area. The female-ruled world is controlled by an ancient machine, as Spock’s brain awaits to be returned to its robotically controlled body. Without Spock’s brain efficiently abetting the machine in creating oxygen and other vital life-sustaining measures, the described extraterrestrial civilization would perish. In hopes of saving its mostly female reigning population, the machine scanned the universe and found a suitable replacement, which is Spock’s brain, since its original mind died from old age. Hence, on a quest for Spock’s brain, Capt. Kirk said to Dr. McCoy, “We’ve got to find Spock’s brain.” Baffled, Dr. McCoy replied, “Where in the universe are you going to look for Spock’s brain?” In determination, Capt. Kirk said, “Someone out there has Spock’s brain. Who ever took it knows how to put it back. We’ll find who ever has Spock’s brain and get them to put it back.”
Meanwhile…Spock’s lonely brain pulsates like a beating heart inside the machine, as it adheres to the tasks of reigning as the Controller. Like a madly radiating pulsar in the Milky Way Galaxy, Spock’s brain eagerly awaits to be rescued and returned to its rightful owner, which is Spock’s now mechanically manipulated body. “Spock’s Brain” episode on Star Trek had been a rarity, while being played five times in 1995; afterwards, it was revived in the last Phish Band’s (a band that emerged as heir to Rock-n-Roll band, Grateful Dead’s throne in the early 1990’s) autumn tour during 2000. In remembrance of “Spock’s Brain”, the Phish Band created and played the song, “Spock’s Brain” for their delighted audiences.
As you valiantly read on, please take sincere note of the fact that Feldenkrais Method helps achieve the successful results of a person’s brain becoming the essential and positive “Controller” in daily life. I would definitely recommend the Feldenkrais Method to almost anyone, including infants, since it is a very non-invasive regime towards better health and wellness. For example, if I was an owner of a fitness club, the only people I would not quickly recommend practicing the Feldenkrais Method on would be people, who just suffered broken bones, joints, ligaments, or muscles, until they were properly healed. People with painful arthritis, burns, and other similar conditions would not be comfortable candidates participating in Feldenkrais Method or other exercises, unless somehow, it has the serene sensation of being non-invasive.
Without a healthy mind and thriving neurons, we would all become either dead or in a comatose, vegetative state, until eventually death would arise. Like truck drivers obeying the sensible rule, “Get the big picture” when driving over the road, so too, is it very important for Holistic practitioners to access their clients, before recommending certain exercises, herbals, or other healthy regimes. The more people, who practice better health and awareness tactics, the more promising the outcomes. Humans becoming like Spock without a functioning brain would be a catastrophe, even if there was a chance of life holding on.
As discussed in a previous “Speaker Review,” the Feldenkrais Method uses the techniques, “Awareness Through Movement (A.T.M.)” and “Functional Integration (F.I.)” to accurately improve positive harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Interestingly enough, I have learned some important features during a past “Speaker Review,” when guest speaker, Kathy Ison visited my Complementary & Alternative Therapies class to present further information about Feldenkrais Method and its invigorating mission.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change itself for better or worse, since brain cells and nerves conform in the logical processes for optimal functioning, growth, shrinking, connecting, disconnecting, and re-connecting to each other. Once the brain cells and nerves properly connect to one another, they find new ways to exchange duties, while using unexpected parts for various tasks, and further becoming accessible to new needs. New cells called “neurons” are constantly being produced during our entire lives, as we later die with millions of unused, unformed stem-cells inhabiting our brains. We have the potential of recreating these stem cells into live neurons throughout our life spans, while forcing through the boundaries we set. Thus, it is possible to recover from injuries and illnesses, once “we put our minds to it.”
By this point in time, you are most likely wondering, “What does this all have to do with the Feldenkrais Method?” Well, the answer lies in the fact that the Feldenkrais Method was invented by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, Sc. D. during the 1930’s, after he suffered a very serious knee injury. Since the outlook for his recovery looked grim, Dr. Feldenkrais embarked on a journey to develop what was later to become known as the “Feldenkrais Method,” while it gave hope to disabled and non-disabled people, who sought recovering health. From infants to the elderly, Feldenkrais Method is more in tune with physical therapy, as it uses one’s body parts, while also focusing on meditation type of measures to improve relaxation and well being. In all Holistic approaches so far learned in Complementary & Alternative Therapies class, Feldenkrais Method encompasses the linking of mind, body, and soul in harmony through balancing energies, which are commonly known by such names as “qi” (Chinese), “ki” (Japanese), and “prana” (Indian).
To this day, there are conflicting opinions on the great capabilities concerning the human mind, as both Dr. Mosh Feldenkrais, D. Sc. and Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita, Ph. D., M.D. previously demonstrated in their theories. Believing that the brain was “plastic”, Dr. Feldenkrais created an elegantly economical system enriched with focused attention, while entailing unique movements through A.T.M. and F.I. techniques to help overcome the results of illnesses, accidents, and disabilities. Furthermore, Dr. Feldenkrais would not have achieved success in these endeavors if the brain was not considered plastic. Additionally, Dr. Feldenkrais’s goal was to stimulate plasticity in the brain through his newfound “Feldenkrais Method” movements, as they required attention to detail by their participants. All in all, the Feldenkrais Method produced positive changes to the brain, while improving such things as motor development from birth to age 10, which in turn, encourages higher levels of organization and skill. From his research in health and science, Dr. Feldenkrais used common sense to create better R.O.M. (Range of Motion) exercises, along with improved brain functioning.
Sharing Dr. Feldenkrais’s ideals and teachings, Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita, Ph. D., M.D. also believed in the concepts of the human brain exhibiting plastic properties long before such a discovery was confirmed. As a matter of speaking, Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita was considered the “Father of Neuroplasticity”. After his father recovered from a devastating stroke, Dr. Bach-y-Rita decided to study plasticity in brain injured individuals. On the other hand, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais demonstrated through his created Feldenkrais Method that the act of thinking, as well as imagining movement and feelings, helps transform the brain by producing new skills and results. Likewise, Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita also experimented in sensory substitution, which was followed by earlier experiments that all sensory cells can respond to every incoming sensory stimulus. Through his work, Dr. Bach-y-Rita disproved the theory that auditory cells are only used in limited ways, including sound reception; visual cells only responding to light, shapes, and colors; and the skin’s sensory receptors only serving for touch.
Many other startling discoveries were made by Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita, as his experiments proved that people do not need brain cells connecting in synaptic patterns for electrical spikes to occur between Cells A and B. Moreover, his discoveries proved that lesions in the brain cannot stop the creation of thousands of cell nuclei or groups in their communication loops, despite one cell’s electrical output. In turn, one cell’s continued output can still travel very slowly through fluid in the brain and cause a response far from the original cell. As a result, a much longer delay than usual occurs, once the cell’s output successfully reaches its intended destination.
Working with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in an indirect manner, Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita incorporated the Feldenkrais Method’s “Awareness Through Movement” lessons for functional recovery after a long-term head injury. Featured at a resort in 2004, the program included daily use of a computer pong game, which Dr. Bach-y-Rita developed for stroke victims, besides lots of time off to rest and play. At least six people participated in Dr. Bach-y-Rita’s Feldenkrais Method’s “Awareness Through Movement” program in Florida, which was held in 2004, along with the assistance of my chosen article’s author, Eileen Bach-y-Rita, GCFP. On the downside, the article does not give reference as to whether Eileen is Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita’s wife, daughter, or a relative in another form. In conclusion to her story, Eileen commends the brilliant pioneering of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’s splendid work, which continues to inspire people around the world. She also lists various resources for further review at the end of her article.
What impressed me most about Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method was how the author, herself got to experience the historical phenonema of helping to display Feldenkrais Method to people at resorts, while at the same time, also knowing both Dr. Feldenkrais and Dr. Bach-y-Rita, themselves. If it was my educated guess, I would say Eileen was married to Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita; but, then again, she could be a daughter or other relation to him. It could have been a better article, if she would have at least identified her status in relation to Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita, instead of her readers, like myself, having to figure it out on our own. Some of the points I found weak were those that did not go into more depth about Dr. Feldenkrais or Dr. Bach-y-Rita arriving at their true theses, as the detailed scopes of their experiments were not mentioned.
The opposite holds true when it comes to the article’s strongest points, which depicts the importance of maintaining healthy neurons through practices such as the Feldenkrais Method. It was questionable in one of the author’s paragraphs, as she mentioned, “The program was held at a resort and also included the daily use of a computer pong game, which he (Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita) had developed for stroke victims and lots of time to rest and play.” Just like me and other students analyzing the dialog, subjective, and objective components of literature in English 1001 class, so to, one has to ask, “Which resort did this program occur, or at least, which state, city, or country is it located?” Making it more vague is the fact that the author writes in her next paragraph how she helped Dr. Bach-y-Rita instigate the Feldenkrais Method in Florida during 2004, while she uses the same year in her previous paragraph beforehand. Unfortunately, a reader would have to surmise that perhaps the resort Eileen was referring to is one in the same, which would be in Florida. Although deeper facts should have been portrayed, I certainly feel this article is trustworthy, while the concepts described about Feldenkrais Method did not conflict with other information I acquired elsewhere.
I have pretty much summed up the valuable components of Eileen Bach-y-Rita’s written information concerning the great accomplishments of both Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sc. and Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita, Ph. D., M.D. marketing the benefits of Feldenkrais Method to others. Both scientists were very intelligent in their careers, as Dr. Feldenkrais was mainly a mechanical engineer, physicist, and Judo martial artist. In contrast, Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita was a neuro-physiologist, while both men basically shared similar interests in neuroplasticity. Although they are now deceased, these ingenious men’s legacies live on, as the Feldenkrais Method can safely be practiced without unwanted side effects, while smiling infants can also reap its rewarding benefits towards healing and self-discipline. I have learned much about Feldenkrais Method, whether it is in this article or other ones I read; in a “Speaker Review”; or simply as a student.
Since I already summed up Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method for review, I would definitely recommend this article to others, yet at the same token, I would encourage readers to do more research through Website links provided at the end of the topic, or through other resources. This article does relate to theories and concepts presented in class, due to it describing the basic information about the brain and its cells as essential functions for the body, while enhanced through Feldenkrais Method. For resources, only a limited amount of information is proclaimed in the article I am currently discussing.
I could spend all day discussing every minute detail concerning Dr. Feldenkrais’s and Dr. Bach-y-Rita’s lives, plus their many accomplishments. For now, I wish to remain focused on the important issues at hand, such as how both scientists discovered the valuable functioning of the science, “neuroplasticity” and the significant role it promotes during Feldenkrais Method. In spite of Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method’s contents exploring the fundamentals Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita contributed to practicing the Feldenkrais Method; his discovery of neuroplasticity; and his works tying in with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’s, I can safely say that the author gave fascinating insight about the importance of the Feldenkrais Method in relation to helping others achieve optimal health awareness. In class, the Feldenkrais Method was discussed; therefore, it is definitely in relevance to what guest speaker, Kathy Ison presented and the information studied. Like Star Trek‘s loyal starship, USS Enterprise, the Feldenkrais Method and other Holistic approaches rescue a person’s brain from the kidnapping by negative forces, which includes stress, disease, disabilities, and other dismal phenomena. Over time, negative factors subsequently impact vital life forces, as they become the body’s “Controller”, thus robbing one’s energetic harmony of mind, body, and soul.
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